The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a range of notable changes for the way many of us live our lives. For some, a slower pace of life has been enjoyable. For others, the social restrictions and the impact of them has resulted in many challenges. Consequently this has affected the mental wellbeing of many.
As restrictions begin to ease, we may be expected to adjust to a new normal that will continue to evolve. While doing this, it is important to manage your mental health and take care of your overall wellbeing. The transition is likely to be slow and life may not return to how it was previously.
Managing mental wellbeing
As we navigate this new terrain, putting strategies into place can help to enhance your wellbeing and manage mental health challenges that you may be facing.
It may feel as though you have just started to adjust to the previous level of restrictions, and now it’s time to get used to this altered version. Be patient with yourself (and others), understanding that it will probably take some time to find a new rhythm as restrictions ease or change over time. It’s okay to take it slow and be patient with yourself as you get used to the changes. Don’t feel like you have to rush out and visit family and friends immediately simply because you can — you can adjust to life in your own time.
Taking care of ourselves is essential when it comes to managing mental health. Focus on practicing self-care, including regular exercise, adequate quality sleep and eating healthy foods. Aiming to incorporate these three things into your day can go a long way to support your wellbeing. Create a daily schedule so that caring for your mental wellbeing becomes part of your routine.
What you’re feeling is okay
This year has brought some unprecedented changes to all our lives. While we are now able to move about with more freedom, it is not unusual to have a range of feelings to deal with. Many of us could be feeling anxious or fearful of going back into the community, while others may be experiencing depression or worry about a range of issues including employment, health, family or money.
Find time for nature
Seeking out green space, such as being outside in nature, has proven benefits for mental health. This goes for children too. From lessened depression symptoms to reduced anxiety and lower stress levels, natural environments can have a powerful impact. There is even evidence to support the wellbeing benefits of having plants within your indoor spaces!
Do things you enjoy
Carve out time to pursue the things that make you happy. Perhaps it’s playing a musical instrument, doing yoga, reading, photography, playing videogames — whatever makes you feel good. Allowing space for the things you enjoy can lift your mood and give you a much-deserved break.
Seek out support
Help is available if you need it. If your mental health is suffering, chat to your doctor about a mental health plan. There are also a number of additional mental health resources including Lifeline with effective strategies to support you in managing your mental wellbeing.
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